“Legacies” showcases Jewish heritage


March 20th, 2012

Omaha, NE – The Omaha Chamber Music Society and the Jewish Community Center are teaming up to present a concert steeped in Jewish history and heritage.

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Omaha Chamber Music Society performing its summer concert series. (Photo courtesy OCMS)

While the Omaha Chamber Music Society is best known for its summer concert series, the group is hosting a special performance featuring music by Jewish composers on April 1st. Diane Baum, a board member for the Omaha Chamber Music Society, explains the timing couldn’t be better. “It’s just about one week before the beginning of the Passover festival,” she said, “a holiday that for many Jewish people is the most beloved of all.”

Whether it’s quoting Liturgical and folk music or depicting a historical event, each work featured in the performance has some link, some connection to Jewish culture. The music is also accessible. In his Suite Hebraic, Canadian radio producer and composer Srul Irving Glick draws on not only his Jewish heritage, but his personal experiences as well. “He builds his music on melodies that he had written for joyous occasions involving friends and relatives over the years,” Baum said.

Also on the concert program is a very familiar name: Aaron Copland. However, “As It Fell Upon a Day,” is a work that most Copland fans won’t be familiar with. It doesn’t have the intense energy of his ballet music, but instead offers the listener a chance to see a different side of the “Dean of American Composers.”

“It was one of his very first successes,” Baum said. “He wrote it when he was still a student in Paris. He wanted to evoke some of the tenderness he felt upon reading a poem that he loved – and it comes through beautifully.”

The Omaha Chamber Music Society presents “Legacies” on Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in the Jewish Community Center Theater, 333 S. 132nd St.

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